I've been a skier all my life, but recently I got interested in the snowboarding scene and tried snowboarding. Fell in love with it right away. This was my first season boarding, and by my 5th day out on the slopes, I could go down Blue Squares comfortably without the "falling leaf" method and actually groom down the slope turning on my toe and heel edges. Now that the seasons over, I can't stop thinking about boarding, and have finally decided that I needed to take it to the next level by buying my own board. I've been trying to do the research on my own, but I've come across numerous brands(burton, forum, k2 etc) of boards and different styles of boards which made it a very stressful process to look for that perfect board. So I joined this forum in hopes that you guys can help me out.
I am 143 pounds
boot size of 9.5.
I feel like I'm a free ride or free styler.. but since I just started, I'm not sure on my riding style.. I love to cruise down the slopes; I think it's called "grooming", and am hoping in the future to start doing ground tricks(butters) and maybe rails. I don't think I'm going to be doing a lot of jumps.. Mainly because I'm scared
I don't go to places with pow often so that rules out the Powder/alpine specific boards.(Please let me know what my style is)
I am willing to pay maybe $300-450ish on a board. (It doesn't have to be the newest model)
So in short, I'm just asking you guys to determine whether I should get a freeride or a freestyle board and to give me a place to start looking for that perfect board(brands)Or better yet, if you have a specific board for me in mind, please do share.
Thank you so much for your time.